Deadline For Graduation Application Approaches

For students graduating this spring, the deadline to apply for the 2017 commencement ceremonies is March 20.

Five graduations will take place throughout the day on April 29, three at the James L. Knight Center, 400 S.E. 2nd Ave. and two at the Kendall Campus gymnasium, 11011 S.W. 104 St., building 7000.

Students who qualify to walk in graduation must fill out a graduation form at their respective campus’ advisement and career services department.

To be eligible to apply for graduation, students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average and have completed all their academic requirements by the end of the spring semester or be registered for the remaining courses during the 2017 spring and summer semesters.

“My advice generally would be [for students] to come in to advisement to review the requirements to determine whether or not they are eligible to graduate,” said Miguel Murphy, senior academic adviser at North Campus. “Coming in will sort of bring that to the forefront.”

Several thousand people are expected to attend the Miami Dade College commencement ceremonies this spring. Approximately 14,000 students from MDC’s eight campuses and several outreach centers walked in the 2016 ceremonies.

“[Graduation] specifies your completion and [to] be acknowledged by not only your family but the administration as well,” said Enrique Sepulveda, the Student Government Association vice president at Wolfson Campus.

Keynote speakers for the graduation ceremonies have not been set yet. However, in recent years, several notable figures have addressed MDC, students including former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Information on how many tickets each student will receive for family members or friends to attend graduation will be announced at a later date. Students’ diplomas will be mailed to them via U.S. mail six to eight weeks after their grades are posted.

“It’s a relief really, because I’m finally done,” said Joao Arthur Soldatelli Mosthen, a Kendall Campus student, who said he applied for the 2017 graduation ceremony. “I’m going to be able to kind of like do more of what I want, I guess like focus more on my personal projects, I’d say.” —————————————————————————————————————————

                    Graduation Ceremonies By Campus:

  • North Campus’ ceremony will be held at the James L. Knight Center at 8 a.m.
  • Homestead and InterAmerican campuses’ ceremony will be held at the Kendall Campus gymnasium at 10 a.m.
  • Wolfson and West campuses’ ceremony will be held at the James L. Knight Center at 1 p.m.
  • Medical and Hialeah campuses’ ceremony will be held at the Kendall Campus gymnasium at 3 p.m.
  • Kendall Campus’ ceremony will be held at the James L. Knight Center at 6 p.m.
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Jaynell Perera

Jaynell Perera, 19, is a film production major at North Campus. Perera, a 2015 graduate of Miami Springs Senior High School, will serve as a photo editor for The Reporter during the 2016 summer semester. She aspires to own a production company in the future. Her hobbies include making Youtube videos, photography, scuba diving, traveling, hiking and camping.

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